Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




As the United States faces the challenge of obesity it is important to understand the cultural aspects of caring for these patients. Leininger's Transcultural Nursing Theory is used as a framework for the development of an educational program for health care professionals. The obese patients receiving care should be able to count on their care givers to appreciate the biases, stigmatization and discrimination of the culture in which they live. A review of the history of cultural views of obesity and thinness is used as a starting point. An in-depth review of related research is presented to detail bias, stigmatization, and discrimination faced by the obese in our culture and is used to develop the educational program. A program outline, including key talking points, group activities and handout are included.


SC 11.MAN.2008.Farris.MK

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